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Explore the Rhine River from a unique perspective on an Avalon Active & Discovery River Cruise. With Avalon Choice® inclusions you decide how to explore each destination on your Rhine River cruise. From classic sightseeing, to active pursuits, to discovery activities and excursions, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of included excursions to match your interests and pace. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an art lover, you’ll find a wide selection of inclusions that speak to you!

Your Rhine River cruise begins in Amsterdam for a day full of activities. See the colorful corners of Amsterdam your way—from a canal cruise to a leisurely biking tour—all at an easy pace! You might choose an included painting class, instead, to recreate the masterpieces of Dutch artists. Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, take a guided “bites and highlights” tour in Düsseldorf, and taste regional wines in Eltville. In Koblenz, take a cable-car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for magnificent views of the surrounding area. Sail through the magnificent Rhine Gorge and enjoy specialty dishes while cruising. Join us for an Active & Discovery Rhine River Cruise with more included selections for every preference, passion, and pace.

Inclusions
  • Airfare to Amsterdam and return from Frankfurt
  • 7 night deluxe cruise aboard Avalon Waterways
  • Meals on board: Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
  • Avalon Choice with your preference of Classic, Active, or Discovery included excursions and sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; and MyAvalon Guided Optional Excursions
  • Book by Mar 28: Reduced air and save $1700 per couple! (price reflects below)
April 25, 2022 Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto 
Deluxe Stateroom $3635 – $3884
Panorama Suite $5034
Taxes & Fees $289
Pre Paid Gratuity add $166 per person
Air from other gateway cities available from $199 to $299/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Terms apply

Extend your stay 1 Night in Amsterdam! Please call for more information

Vacation Highlights

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: Choice of painting class, or biking tour or canal cruise

Day 3 Arnhem-Nijmegen: Choice of biking tour, or guided sightseeing of Arnhem, or guided tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum; free time in Nijmegen

Day 4 Düsseldorf: Choice of guided city sightseeing, or biking tour, or culinary tour

Day 5 Cologne: Choice of jogging tour, or Cologne sightseeing ‘off the beaten track,’ or visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour

Day 6 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, or Koblenz walking tour and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with cable car ride, or Volcano Tour experience; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Rüdesheim

Day 7 Mainz: Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, or Eltville guided tour with wine tasting, or nature walk in Eltville

Day 8 Frankfurt (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION) (D)
How Suite It Is! Welcome Aboard Your Avalon Suite Ship®.
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
You may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure the colorful cafés, galleries, bridges, and canals.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

Day 2 AMSTERDAM (B/L/D)
Colorful Canals of Amsterdam
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
ACTIVE Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:
DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Class and be inspired by the masters’ techniques. Paint your own canvas and discover your inner artist. An orientation walk will complete your experience, OR:
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Canal Cruise to explore the iconic waterways and sites of Amsterdam.
This afternoon you might take an Optional Kayaking Excursion.
Spend free time strolling at leisure through the galleries and cafés of Amsterdam.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM

Day 3 ARNHEM (B/L/D)
Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh
ACTIVE Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR:
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Sightseeing to discover Arnhem-a key WWII operations site and home to impressive historical monuments and memorials-then visit a medieval castle for a regional herb and vegetable product tasting OR:
CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.
NIJMEGEN
Delicious Dutch Specialties and Famous Mills

You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Windmill of Thorn or an Optional Cooking Workshop.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜSSELDORF

Day 4 DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY (B/L/D)
Avant-Garde Architecture and Amazing Altbiers
ACTIVE Join a City Biking Tour to discover interesting stories about the sights and the city itself along the way, OR:
DISCOVERY Experience Düsseldorf’s Old Town and get an insight into its culinary diversity, OR:
CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour of Düsseldorf. Visit the Old Town, but also discover its spectacular subway line, where each station has an individual magic character.

This afternoon you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Düsseldorf’s microbreweries to try a variety of Altbiers.

Later enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

Day 5 COLOGNE (B/L/D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
ACTIVE For a unique view of Cologne’s history and beauty, join us on a Jogging Tour of the city, OR:
DISCOVERY Discover the people and true spirit of Cologne on this fascinating guided walking tour through the Belgian Quarter, OR:
DISCOVERY Visit Cologne’s Chocolate Museum and learn the process of chocolate production and ancient history of this food of the gods, OR:
CLASSIC Take a leisurely Guided City Walk of Cologne for a view of her must-see sights, including the Old City and its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS

Day 6 KOBLENZ–RHINE GORGE (B/L/D)
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
ACTIVE Take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, visit its battlements overlooking the Rhine, and take a scenic walk down the surrounding hillside to Brauback Old town, OR:
DISCOVERY For a unique experience, join us on an excursion to the “Lava City” of Mendig for a Volcano Encounter, including exploring the caverns and corridors where basalt (cold lava) was mined, OR:
CLASSIC Enjoy a leisurely Guided Walk of ancient Koblenz, including a cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for a spectacular panoramic view.

Enjoy lunch on board and the breathtaking beauty of the Rhine Gorge as you cruise on your way to Rüdesheim, where you will have time to discover this picturesque village.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BINGEN

Day 7 MAINZ EXCURSION TO ELTVILLE (B/L/D)
Fantastical Forests and Famous Vineyards
Enjoy an early morning sail to Mainz before breakfast.
ACTIVE For some exercise before lunch, join a Guided Nature Walk along one of the Rheinsteig walking trails through Eltville’s idyllic forests and vineyards, OR:
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Walk through the historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein—well known as the City of Wine— with a Wine Tasting included, OR:
CLASSIC Discover the Romanesque beauty of Eberbach Monastery, the filming location of almost all the interior scenes of Umberto Eco’s dark medieval murder mystery “The Name of the Rose.”

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO FRANKFURT

Day 8 FRANKFURT (DISEMBARKATION) (B)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

 

Included for Every Avalon Guests

You’ve always forged your own path… with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind – offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That’s why we’ve designed a cruise experience that’s just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you’ll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet’s unique ships.

Throughout the Ship

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Dining

  • Avalon FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our Panorama Dining Room
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
  • Daily a la carte lunch including regional specialties, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and classic dishes*
  • Alternative light lunch at Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro – a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

Health and Fitness

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure Host

Suites & Staterooms

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • USB Ports
  • And, much more

 

Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises.

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

CLASSIC
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You’ll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
DISCOVERY
We’ve found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests – from cooking classes, to painting workshops – to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
ACTIVE
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go – from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287